It was first reported Wednesday by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks have agreed on a two-year, $6 million contract extension.
The contract was signed just days before the start of the free agency period, keeping the 22-year-old in San Jose until 2018. Hertl has been a key member of San Jose’s young core, which helped propel the team to the Stanley Cup finals a few weeks ago.READ MORE: Person Suspected Of Shooting At Roseville Police Officer After Attempted Traffic Stop
The former first round draft pick of the 2012 draft missed the last four games of the finals against Pittsburgh, ending his season short due to a right knee injury.
Hertl scored 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games last season, but put up an additional 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 20 playoff games. Over the course of his 200-game career, Hertl has scored 102 points (49 goals, 53 assists), including this gem from his rookie season:READ MORE: Big Rig Ends Up Perched Precariously On Guardrail After Crash On I-5 In Woodland
That was just his third NHL game of his 19-year-old life and he put up four goals, only to end it with a between-the-legs beauty (Fun fact: that goal ended the career of New York Rangers netminder Martin Biron).
It’s no secret Hertl has loads of potential – the second half of the season, he was promoted to the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. As a group, they were considered one of the most productive top lines in the league.
In terms of plus/minus, Hertl was +16 in the regular season, ranking him third on the team behind linemates Thornton and Pavelski (both were +25).MORE NEWS: Sacramento Mother Of 4 Killed After Stopping To Help Pedestrian Who Had Also Been Hit
The Sharks still have restricted free agents Matt Nieto, Dylan DeMelo and non-roster forward Ryan Carpenter left unsigned, but have already tendered qualifying offers to each.